Decoding Larry Page: How Google Is Staking Out The Future Of Innovation

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first_imgdan rowinski What the emperor did not realize, of course, is that if you keep doubling a number, it doesn’t take long for for the figures to get really, really big. If the emperor had delivered all the rice he agreed to, the pile would have been bigger than Mount Everest. McAfee linked this story to Moore’s Law (which holds that number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years) and the explosion of data created by humans, rapidly approaching the mind-numbingly large “yotta” byte. Between Big Data and Moore’s Law, McAfee said, we have entered the second half of the chessboard of innovation.Google’s Mountain Of RiceIn this case, though, Google is both the inventor and the emperor. Just like chess, Google’s portfolio of products is deceptively simple but utterly complex. And the company is well positioned to turn that portfolio into a truly epic mountain of rice. Rice, in this case, could mean data. Or money. Or better yet, innovation.Who is going to challenge Google’s core products? Yahoo and Microsoft can’t come close to what Google has done with the knowledge graph and voice search. Android is forging ahead of iOS around the world. Chrome is one of the simplest but most sophisticated browsers on the planet. And the company’s search ad products just keep cranking out the profits that pay for the company’s push in to new areas. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Google IO13#io13#Larry Page Larry Page Doesn’t Think Competition Is InterestingYet the individual products seem almost incidental to Page’s quest for innovation. Towards the end of the keynote, he harped on the technology industry for holding back the pace of innovation with lawsuits, data hoarding and stifling cross-platform integration:You know we haven’t seen this rate of change in computing for a long time. Probably not since the birth of personal computing… [but] despite the faster change in the industry, we’re still moving slow relative to the opportunities we have.If Page had his way, Google would not be playing chess against it competitors, but working with them to create even more rice:You know every story I read about Google is sort of us vs. some other company, or some stupid thing, and I just don’t find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don’t exist. Most important things are not zero-sum. There’s a lot of opportunity out there. We can use technology to make really new and really important things to make people’s lives better. Business, of course, doesn’t typically work that way. Google has to exist within a whirlwind of quarterly earnings statements and antitrust lawsuits, litigation and corporate development. Given all that, it’s amazing that Google is able to do all that it does, pushing the boundaries of technology every year. If Page is right, and we are truly just at 1% of what technology is capable of, someone has to lead the way into the remaining 99%. And despite Page’s protestations, no one is better positioned than Google to do just that. Images by Nick Statt for ReadWrite. Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We are only at 1% of what is possible.” ~ Google CEO Larry PagePage is right. Even though it seems like we get a breakthrough new technology every year, we are really just scratching the surface. But what does that really mean? If we have achieved only 1% of what is technologically possible, Google is setting itself up to be the company that fills in the other 99%.Just look at the Google I/O keynote Wednesday morning in San Francisco. The company had so many aspects of its product portfolio to announce that it took three hours to work through it all. And that was before Page hit the stage and turned all philosophical:I think we’re all here because we share a deep sense of optimisim about the potential for technology to improve people’s lives and the world.Google Owns The Second Half Of The Chess BoardAt a conference in Boston last week Andrew McAfee, a Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, related a story about the pace of innovation that directly speaks to Page’s notion. McAfee recounted how the inventor of chess introduced the game to the emperor of India. The emperor was so impressed with the game’s combination of simplicity and complexity, depth and vision, that he told the inventor he could have any gift he could imagine. The inventor asked for a grain of rice, doubled for each square on the chess board. On the first square he would get a single grain of rice, on the second square he would get two, on the third he would get four grains, and so on. The request seemed fairly humble to the emperor and he granted it. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

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Exhibition Review: Chinese Prints 1950-2006 at the Ashmolean, Part 2

first_imgby Lucy ArchibaldPart Two of the Ashmolean’s Chinese Prints exhibition showcases the work of established Chinese printmakers to Western audiences for the first time. The Chinese tradition of print-making is over a thousand years old, but this modern collection is more dynamic than dusty. Without the shock value of a more avant-garde exhibit, it is subtly disarming for its plethora of “alien” terms and references to less than familiar print techniques and events from Chinese history. Nevertheless, the colourful range of styles, subjects and images on offer – spanning a period of Chinese history which has evolved at an unprecedented rate – is both satisfying and stimulating. If you consider Chinese prints synonymous with water lilies and perhaps the odd reed-warbler, this collection will subvert your expectations. The exhibition does include Zheng Shuang’s Black Peony, White Peony, which is representative of the artist’s exclusive interest in floral subjects post-1970, but in general, the collection is indicative of the powerfully politically charged tendencies of print-making now. Perhaps the most moving of these is Wong Gongyi’s delicately entitled Autumn Wind and Rain (1980) which depicts at severely intimate quarters Qiu Jin, the poet, revolutionary and symbol of female independence, who campaigned against the binding of women’s feet and selling of women into slavery. Wong Gongyi’s print depicts the moments before her execution; monochrome and cut with hard lines, the medium of the piece seems to reflect its unsettling subject. This anguish is further reflected in the artist’s description of the creative process: “…dripping with sweat and tears, in a small storage room, my heart filled with grief and indignation.”Equally unsettling, perhaps, is the sense of a pervasive propaganda “theme”, particularly in the work of the 1950-70s. Next to Qiu Jin’s intense and unsmiling face is a representative of the Sichuan School – Xu Kuang and A Ge’s The Master (1978), depicting a Tibetan farmer in the Soviet style with axe in hand as a grinning and accessible heroic figure. In Reading Hard (1962) another Tibetan figure, a male shepherd in this instance, sits placidly reading amidst a monochrome yet bustling pastoral scene. The artist, Li Huanmin, seems to suggest that Communism has thrown off this individual’s shackles and in contrast he now sits reading. The description of the subject “reading hard”, however, seems intended to collide the leisure of reading with hard work and thus imbue the subject with a level of Communist acceptability. The artist acknowledges this political dimension to his work, regarding it as providing historical insight at the level of the individual: “I depict people, their noble characters, their rich inner world and their graceful bearing, because people are the motive force of history.” Zhang Chaoyang summarised his artistic project rather differently: “Beauty and freedom have been the goal of my aesthetic pursuit.” Yet he represents a strikingly similar scene in his autumnally-hued Heroes and Heroines Are All Around (1970) which (rather obediently, we suspect) chronicles a harvest scene in the midst of the Cultural Revolution when the artist volunteered to go to the Great Northern Wilderness. Subsequently, Zhang Chaoyang’s work was to become less propaganda-influenced and instead preoccupied with female classical beauty. This development is perhaps prefigured in the pretty girl clad in communist garb, who sits scribbling in the foreground of the scene. This recurrent artistic focus upon an individual pulled from a crowd seems somewhat incongruous with the political systems they articulate.The most recent work demonstrates a more satirical or at least enquiring edge. Kang Ning’s Forest (2004) in particular shows a progression from the earlier prints, while Li Yili’s Hometown Record with its mingling of realist and fantasy elements enacts his artistic intention to ‘create’ “…one’s ideal world” rather than merely document that already in existence. Short, if not sweet, this concise exhibition will certainly leave you with plenty to ponder, and is the ideal reason to finally (!) make it through the doors of the Ashmolean. Chinese Prints runs until the 24th of February.last_img

Weekly Market Review February 18, 2020

first_imgCongressional lawmakers spent two days last week asking Fed Chairman Jerome Powell during his Capitol Hill testimony how the Federal Reserve was prepared to respond if/when the coronavirus impacts the U.S. economy. Chairman Powell delivered the expected “we’ll do whatever it takes” speech without going into the details of exactly what that means. Powell then turned the tables on committee members who were questioning him, scolding the Washington lawmakers for the U.S. government’s projected $1 trillion annual deficits over the next decade (source: Congress).The death toll from the coronavirus, officially called Covid-19, reached nearly 1,800 by yesterday afternoon (2/17/20). Estimates from the Center for Disease Control warn that the virus could linger for at least all of calendar year 2020. Only 15 positive cases have been reported in the U.S.A., remarkable given that more than 71,000 people have been infected globally. The most lethal health epidemic in the last 500 years was the worldwide flu outbreak that occurred in the fall of 1918 that killed 50 million people, including 675,000 Americans. A staggering 195,000 Americans died in October 1918, the deadliest month in our nation’s history (source: Center for Disease Control).Americans have added to their household debt load for 22 consecutive quarters through 12/31/19. The debt total nationally is $14.15 trillion today, dominated by mortgage debt (68% of the overall total), student loans (11%), and auto loans (9%) (source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York).Notable Numbers for the Week:E.U. AND U.S.A. – The 27-nations that comprise the European Union (post-Brexit) have a population of 446 million and a combined economy of $18 trillion. The United States has a population of 329 million and an economy of $22 trillion (source: Census Bureau).CORONAVIRUS IMPACT – China is forecasted to use 25% less oil per day in February 2020 when compared to its actual usage in February 2019, a drop of 3.2 million barrels a day, i.e., from a consumption of 12.9 million barrels a day to 9.7 million barrels a day (source: International Energy Agency).HOMES – The construction of 888,100 new single-family homes began in 2019, the 8th consecutive year of increasing home building. In the decade of the 2010s, 6.8 million new homes began construction, down 44% from the 12.3 million new homes that were started in the decade of the 2000s (source: Census Bureau).HARD TO ENJOY RETIREMENT – More than half of American workers (54%) have not started a defined contribution retirement plan at work (e.g., a 401(k) plan) or have access to a defined benefit pension plan funded exclusively by their employer (source: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College).Presented by:Mark R. Reimet CFPCERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERJodie BoothFINANCIAL PLANNERlast_img

Tulip blossoms for Dawn

first_imgBakery manufacturer Dawn Foods has launched a Tulip Muffin range, consisting of five new muffins individually wrapped in tulip-style brown paper cups.They are available in toffee chocolate, Belgian chocolate and cappuccino, blueberry, lemon and triple chocolate varieties, and have been developed to meet the demands of the coffee shop and café sector. The toffee chocolate muffin contains milk chocolate chunks, toffee fudge pieces and contains a caramel cream sauce. The Belgian chocolate and cappuccino variety contains coffee, vanilla flavour, plain and milk chocolate chunks and is topped with plain chocolate flakes. The blueberry muffin features wild blueberries, while the lemon variety contains chopped lemon peel and Sicilian lemon oil, and is injected with lemon curd. The triple chocolate muffin contains plain, milk and white chocolate chunks, with a topping of milk chocolate chunks.All the products are between 120g and 134g and have a shelf-life of five days once defrosted. They also meet 2010 FSA salt targets.www.dawnfoods.comlast_img

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